Secretary Pompeo on International Education Week

Secretary Pompeo on International Education Week

September 16, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


Hi, everyone. I’m Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. American diplomats go to work each day to
represent the United States around the world. American students studying abroad also play
a key role as citizen ambassadors. They tell the American story and demonstrate
American values and ideals to the world. Nothing can replace the people-to-people connections
that happen when our young people study abroad. Let’s work together to provide more such
opportunities for Americans of all backgrounds. This is also the third consecutive year that
over one million international students are studying in the United States. We are consistently the number one destination
for foreign students, and we are pleased that young people from all over the world want
to experience for themselves the American way of life. I call on American universities, businesses,
civic groups, and NGOs to promote international education, and spread the word about the world-class
education American campuses have to offer. International education should be part of
every student’s academic career. Education exchanges – whether it’s Americans
going overseas or foreigners coming to the U.S. – are among the most important tools
in our diplomatic arsenal. They maintain America’s competitive edge,
and preserve our leadership in the world. The success of our foreign policy priorities
depend on them. This International Education Week, let’s
encourage American and international students to study abroad.